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. it was a brutal, racist system that in 1948 was made the law of the land. >> the laws were unjust laws, and they did not oblige obedience. >> teichner: archbishop desmond tutu remembers how it began, as mandela rose in the ranks of leadership of a civil rights group called the african national congress, the a.n.c. >> they were the revolutionaries of their day. they were the wild young men. >> teichner: former "time" magazine editor rick stengel spent countless hours in private conversation with mandela while collaborating on mandela's autobiography. >> mandela went to johannesburg as a young man and was treated in the terrible way that young black men were treated in the 1950s. i think this had a huge effect on him. >> teichner: mandela was in the forefront of growing resistance by the a.n.c., which began to protest the hated laws requiring blacks to carry passes, restricting where they could go. then, a galvanizing moment caught the world's attention. on march 21, 1960, in sharpeville, the peaceful civil rights movement was pierced with bullets. ( gunfire ) walter cronkite reported. >
to witnesses and cbs news law enforcement sources are telling us the engineer of the train told first responders that he tried to apply the brakes going into the curve, he said it felt like they weren't working, the train went off the tracks. so they are going to be interviewing witnesses as well as looking at the data from that event record tore figure out what happened here. >> jeff, what are the rules on speed in that area? >> reporter: well, the ntsb, jeff, is telling us there is a speed limit going into that curve is 30 miles per hour so they will look at whether speed was a factor here but also as i said they looked at the condition of the track. there was a train derailment back in july in this area where a freight train, ten cars of 25 car freight train went off the tracks here in this area, not exactly the same area, but ntsb investigators will try to determine if there is any sort of connection. >> glor: transportation correspondent jeff pegues, thank you. in massachusetts today more than 70 cars were involved in an early morning pileup on a stretch of interstate 290 near w
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